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Stay alert to these 4 common causes of motorcycle accidents

If you ride a motorcycle, you are probably aware that trouble could be anywhere up ahead. You also know that if the trouble should involve you in some way, you would likely at a disadvantage to larger vehicles.

You do not want to end an otherwise uneventful ride as a hospital patient so you want to be alert at all times on the road. Here are four of the most common causes of motorcycle accidents:

1. Slippery conditions

Rain and snow can cause exceptionally slippery conditions. Remember that the first hour of rainfall is the most dangerous because, after a dry spell, the rain brings all the oil and grime to the surface of the pavement. Tires in good condition are your best weapon against slippery roads.

2. Being hit from behind

A car hitting another car from behind is often only a fender-bender. However, this kind of accident can kill a motorcyclist. When you are about to stop, you can better your chances of survival by tapping your brake lights to draw the attention of any drivers behind you, and by stopping at the side of a lane rather than in the center.

3. An oncoming left turn

The most common car-motorcycle accident occurs when an oncoming vehicle turns left in front of you. The only way you can avoid this is to be alert to the possibility when you approach an intersection and be prepared to take evasive action.

4. Cars changing lanes

Be alert to a situation, such as slow-moving traffic, where drivers might want to change lanes. Do your best to stay out of blind spots, and watch the behavior of drivers who seem to be impatient with the slow-down and apt to make a move in your direction.

As a motorcyclist, the best way to avoid an accident is stay alert. Do not let your attention wander. Motorcycle accidents can be extremely serious and very costly in terms of medical expenses, loss of wages and more. Stay alert today so you can look forward to the ride tomorrow.

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